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The Juno mission

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lanokia, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I got all excited [and with good reason] for New Horizons to Pluto...

    So 2016 is going to the year of Jupiter thanks to Juno.

    And it's already broken a record...


    On the home stretch to Jupiter, NASA's Juno probe has made history, becoming the most distant solar-powered spacecraft ever launched by humankind.

    Juno broke the record this week at 19:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 13, hitting a whopping 793 million kilometres (493 million miles) from the Sun – not too shabby for a vessel that relies on solar rays to keep the lights on.

    Juno pipped the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, the orbit of which hit a high point of 792 million kilometres (492 million miles) in October 2012 as it homed in on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

    Juno's accomplishment is all the more impressive when you consider that the farther it gets from the Sun, the weaker the solar rays that power the craft become. And Juno's power supply will keep getting fainter as the craft approaches its research destination, which it will arrive at on July 4 this year.

    And yes, I'll probably return to this thread on and off and bore on about it a bit more. Sorry, just the way I am.
  2. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    It's due to arrive 4th July 2016 ... wonder if they timed it for US Independence Day celebrations?

    Bet they did.

    And it has 3 lego figures on board. ... yes LEGO! The figures represent Galileo, Jupiter [the God] and his wife Juno.
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  3. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I think the energy follows a square law as well.
  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Yes, I think I came across something saying that.
  5. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  6. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Mercury transits the Sun in May.
  7. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Cheers Rac!
  8. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  9. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Thanks for the information.

    I clearly recall listening to Sputnik 1 beeping in 1957.
  10. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    July 4th is getting closer... Juno is preparing for orbital insertion and NASA released a promo trailer!
  11. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    It will be Julyo in a few days time.
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  12. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I used to run around the bedroom doing that.
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  13. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I bet you can be arrested for orbital insertion
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  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Oh god that made me laugh...
  15. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    As long as it isn't Julyo-yo and it comes slamming back at us...
  16. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    'What is the stars?'

    Hint: Not ideal gas.
  17. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Monday is the day...


  18. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Juno mission is discussed on Radio 4 Inside Science...


    It's described as a tank! It'll eventually fail... Jupiter will kill it... but we've designed it to survive as long as it can possibly...
  19. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

  20. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Here's a good info graphic on the radiation challenge facing Juno...

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